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The Emperor's Ride
Notes on a Famous Photograph

In 1869, San Francisco was in the throes of a “velocipede” mania. Hundreds of citizens flocked to the Velocipede Training School, located in the Mechanics’ Pavilion that stood on part of today's Union Square, to learn how to ride and to participate or watch competitions. The Grand Velocipede Tournament, held in April 1869, was the zenith of this young cycling culture. It attracted the curious, the strong, and two important personages who realized its historical significance: the eccentric Emperor Norton and the photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Join the Mechanics' Institute and the Emperor’s Bridge Campaign for a free lecture about this moment in time.

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Future Activities

May 25 - 12:00pm

Virtual Tour of the Mechanics' Institute
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards

May 26 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group

Jun 2 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group

Jun 9 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group

Jun 16 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group

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Jun 17 - 12:00pm

The Writers' Lunch: The Art of Critiquing Fellow Writers
moderated by Taryn Edwards